February 1, 2018 Subject:
LORD, You can see that it's true...
Caught the Jack Straw on XM which seemed rather thick. Pretty surprised by the EYES which made me figure that this was SET TWO material. (made a mental note upon exiting vehicle to give this a listen.)
No way to go wrong here. Sometimes reviews are helpful but almost anything negative about this show I would just let slide on past.
It does take a bit to get cooking but wow by the time they get into T.L.E.O & Big River I am hooked!
The LUCY is ultra funky, played almost at a standstill.
"I know you don't want my love no more"..
The PITB is on. (Like comment on DJG return, Glad that other Heads dig the sweetness she brought to the band.)
That little Slipknot! nugget is great. So maybe Garcia had been dabbling with that during the Winter of 73 break. p.s. Check out the SOUNDCHECK which circulates on other copies of this show. The 2+ minutes of ESTIMATED is mind boggling for FEB 74
January 26, 2018 Subject:
For some reason I’ve been listening chronologically to the archives from the beginning (several yrs ago) till now (several yrs ltr and I’m just up to the 1st show of 74. Of course I’ve been reading just about every review, I won’t comment on other commentators (there’s been enough of that going on from time to time & it’s pointless). So, about the slipknot themes that permeate through PITB and/or EOTW, listening to 73 (in its entirety) those riffs/runs had been slowly developing from summer of 73 (just before the Watkins Glen show(?) not sure on exact dates, they escape me, I save more of my brain power for work and family) through till the end of 73. The slipknot themes on this night are more intense and provocative of there eventual result a year or so later. This only adds to the color, atmosphere and flavor of their developing musical stew, making this a deeper more compelling listen.
Further, for those that do not prefer the Donna ‘Wail’ (I personally love Donna even as abrasive as she can be to one’s ears, if one is listening full volume in headphones, just think of it as coarse sandpaper to the auditory nerves, still one can’t argue that most of the time her harmonies are gorgeous, perfectly timed and injects energy to the rest of musicians, which w/o the sound would be much different and seemingly as if it were almost but not quite missing something very beautiful, unique and valuable) but still love that 73 Sound then you should check out the late Fall 73 shows from November through till Curtis Hixon. Donna was not present for most of those shows due to being on maternity leave. Again I’m bad at dates but I’m sure someone will correct me on the specific dates. So during the end of 73 Donna was out and Keith being a proud new papa had some major injection of musical amazingness adding to a more majestic sound. Listening to some of the Dec. 73 shows Bob is left to handle the vocal duties on PITB, LLR, SSDD without the beautiful harmonies that Donna usually brought (unfortunately at times with the ‘Wail’). So the sound of Playin as earnest, cool and spot on as it was left Bobby to vocally cover more ground than he was accustomed to at the time. I give mad props to him for doing an amazing job of that. Back to this night, the PITB with Donna back in the fold is not only welcomed by the band but is spot on as if it were sorely missed, it sounds like Bobby is psyched to hear the beautiful harmonies back to where they were and should be. Bobby learned a lot vocally by the absence of Donna and her harmonies at that only helped make their sound that much better. Additionally, the 1st Ship of Fools is beautiful and as close to a masterpiece at that time as I can think of and is made more beautiful by the gorgeous harmonies that Donna and Bobby blend together. The rest of this show needs no more comments from me because everyone that has commented on this and/or every other version have already said everything that I could or would comment on. I love this show and the 2nights that follow I would consider this like their continuation of what they were doing in late 73 but pushing further to develop into something better, which we all know eventually did. Thank you to all who contribute to allowing us to continue to be grateful by allowing us to have FREE access to the most unique archive of music I could ever think of immersing myself into. I wonder how old I will be when I get to listen to the final Soldier Field show if I continue to listen chronologically from this point on. I appreciate and am very grateful to the archivists, the archive, the band (both the surviving and departed) and all of you who review, comment and continue to develop the GD universe and to anyone who has read my ramble of my message. Peace, love and Grateful Dead!!!
February 22, 2017 Subject:
Vocals too distant
I just can't handle the distant vocals caused by the piggy back reverse polarity vocal mics. Good jamming, poor vocals.
Reviewer:Dead In Istanbul
September 20, 2011 Subject:
Weir is really high in the mix on this recording. Not that he's a Jimmy Page, but I usually can't hear him too well once the whole band gets going. On this one he's nice and prominent. '74 was such a great year wasn't it? This is also the debut of Must Have Been the Roses, US Blues and Ship of Fools.
As dmccorry said, no mudslinging and no Forum Nazi Factor (which is apparantly the phenomenon of the amount of time it takes before someone calls someone else a nazi in an internet forum).
Just Dead fans here sharing memories and commenting on the music. Internet at it's best.
June 3, 2011 Subject:
On their way to becoming the world's best easy-listening band. God I hate Keith's electric piano sound! I'm listening to Black-Throated Wind now, but I love Keith's work on Ace, and live in '71 & '72.
I can't seem to listen to a '73 or newer concert all the way through - I just listen to the new material. I can't stand the electric piano "easy-listening" sound, Donna's wailing and the ultra-slowing down of all the old songs.
Dmccorry (above): it says good things. I love the Dead and I love Deadheads!
March 31, 2011 Subject:
no mud slinging
I love that this is the rare forum on the internet where people don't resort to screaming at each other. What does that say about the Dead's music?
January 28, 2011 Subject:
I Don't Listen to the Dead Past 1966
Just kidding. After spending a while now on the archive, i get a kick out of people with arbitrary cutoff dates like the guy below. I saw one who won't listen past 1982 (???). There's 30 years of dead to enjoy and I take advantage of all of it (granted, less of the later years). You're missing out on a lot of magic, buddy... more for the rest of us.
Anyways, as for this this show, just look at the source... it's like the skies opened up and this show was delivered to us. This may not be the best show of 1974 but that saying very little. This whole run at Winterland is absolutely fantastic. Hard hitting US Blues to kick off, one of my favourite Playin' (as mentioned by other reviewers, the Slipknot jam makes it extra special), top-notch Eyes (again with a little Slipknot squiggle)and a great China->Rider. Honourable mention goes to the Nobody's Fault - I had been listening to so many later versions that I was taken aback by the more 'upbeat' tempo. Why should Bobby hog all the blues tunes?
Fantastic show from start to finish!
December 10, 2010 Subject:
whole run smokes
eyes>china doll>wharf rat is top notch dead
June 5, 2010 Subject:
Genesis of Slipknot
Beyond the fact that this is a great show, the jam during Playin' features Jerry experimenting with the Slipknot riff, which is just a fantastic snapshot through the looking glass into their writing process (so much of which was always aired out live during shows throughout their career). This night is a prime example of the boundless creativity that was so joyously abounding during the band's golden era: it's a must-listen for any Deadhead, and the source of many eternal smiles recalling days that are to come. Peace.
May 28, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" February 22, 1974 at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
The first of 3 nights at Winterland, February 22, 23 & 24. Get em all.
Thanks to David, Dick, Joe, Michael and Charlie, but I expected more...the overhead mics on Billy are off, the highs and the ambience is gone, what happened?
I will highly recommend adding this show to your 1974 GRATEFUL DEAD collection even though Billy's overhead mics on his cymbals are off, or on very low.
Garcia's playing is on fire. The whole band is in the pocket and smokin'.
Sounding well rehearsed and relaxed the GRATEFUL DEAD deliver a solid, consistent, deliberate, exciting, fun show. If you like to dance to the GRATEFUL DEAD this show is for you.
Intricate guitar leads designed to transport you to another place permeate this show.
Billy lays down some rock solid grooves to cut the rug, kick the can and pet the cat that leaves you wanting more and more.
4 stars for the mix
4 stars for the recording
5 stars for the performance
5 stars for the transfer.
Most certainly a "Must Have Show" for 1974.
The show will sound much better after I download it and play it using Windows Media Player. WMP has a 10 band Graphic EQ and this thing called "SRS WOW Effects" that does improve the sound.
Here's one way to dowload this show:
The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer. RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at www.realplayer.com.
For easy streaming or downloading you should use RealPlayer.
Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it. When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the Love from 1974.
May 22, 2008 Subject:
Sounds Great, Music is wonderful
This source sounds fantastic for a SBD, the bass is rich and the highs are decent. 4/5 for sound.
The music is classic 73/74 brilliance. It doesn't have as much hot jamming as you find in other shows of this era, but still some smoking stuff. Slipknot riffs in both Playin' and Eyes!! Nobody's Fault is fun as always. 4/5 on the music.
May 8, 2008 Subject:
Can this be true?
The source for this looks like an uber cosmic quality source. I haven't even listened to it yet and I'm going to download it. David Gans, Charlie Miller, Dick himself, all we need is Betty and we have party you have to go to.